The late Angela Raiola, known by fans as Big Ang, will be a major focal point of “Mob Wives” Season 6. The cast of the VH1 reality series will show support to their cast member during her battle with cancer, but the hours leading up to her Feb. 18 death will not be shown.
While Angela was present for all of Season 6, which finished filming in January, and the show’s reunion special this month, TMZ reports production did not film her in her final days. “Production didn’t gather a crew when her health went south a few weeks after the reunion,” reports the site.
Angela died early Thursday in a New York City hospital following a nearly 10-month battle with cancer. She was 55. Angela was diagnosed with lung cancer in April. After undergoing two procedures and believing she was cancer-free, she learned in December that the disease had spread to her lungs and brain. Angela last spoke out about her medical struggles on "The Dr. Oz Show," which aired Tuesday.
“It’s shocking what happened,” she said through tears. “At first I thought I was cancer-free, I was going to have a big celebration, and then a month later, I have Stage 4.”
Angela’s most recent cancer battle was discussed on “Mob Wives” in Season 6, episode 7, which aired Wednesday. After a doctor discovered a nodule, Angela was told to see a specialist. Another professional informed her the nodule appeared to be early-stage lung cancer. Angela was in disbelief at the diagnosis, which the doctor said appeared to be curable. The reality star called the situation a “nightmare” when she was told the nodule should be removed with surgery.
Details about Angela's funeral and memorial services were released Friday. Four visitations will take place at Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn, New York, according to Radar Online. A formal memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 22, at the Basilica of Regina Pacis in Brooklyn. Angela will be laid to rest at Staten Island's Resurrection Cemetery.